Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

byBecky Albertalli

Hardcover | April 7, 2015

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William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist

"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

"I am so in love with this book."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still

"Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"The best kind of love story."—Alex Sanchez, Lambda Award-winning author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.

Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

And don't miss Becky Albertalli's The Upside of Unrequited or Leah on the Offbeat!

Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agendai...
Title:Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I loved this book, It was so good! I waited for this book for a while to come in for the library, when I got it I could not put it down! Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a must read! I have already recommended it to so many people! You won't regret it!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CUTE Read this if you love Oreos, Harry Potter, endless music references, and just overall cute and fluffy feelings.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad but not great It was an enjoyable read...but it wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Cute! I read this in one day! A very adorable story, and an accurate depiction of high school.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I just bought this book and could not put it down. I finished it in a couple hours and I would definitely read it again.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was the last book I read in 2017 and I have to say it definitely ended my year off with a bang. It was just perfect in every way I wouldn't change a thing. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite This book was such a heartwarming, fun and adorable time. I honestly was tempted to read it again as soon as I'd finished it. If I could, I'd buy every single one of my friends a copy of this book.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! This book had me SHOOK. It's so amazing and I love it so so so much. I'm so excited for the movie in March!!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from in love In the beginning, I had some doubts because I felt like I didn't really enjoy the voice of the character but after 20 pages I was HOOKED. Simon's humor had me laughing out loud and also so relatable. Yesterday, I stayed up till 2 am because I just needed to know what was going to happen to Simon and the whole problem with him coming out and finding Blue's identity. I am a total sucker for happy endings and I'm so glad to say that this book left me satisfied with one! I absolutely adored this little love story and it ended so well I just wanna hug Simon and Blue (no spoilers here ;)) so much because this story was just so cute and kept me super engaged in what was reading! Usually, I don't like super healthy relationships because I fell there isn't much development to the main problem/plot that is happening. Fortunately, this book not only had a healthy relationship but at the same time had this whole development surrounding it because of Simon's emails and sexual identity. If you haven't read this book please go read it! I actually love it so much and promise that you will fall in love with Simon! <333
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun time This book put a smile on my face (almost) the whole time! I loved Simon so much, I am kind of sad he is not even real and that we are not friends.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing funny and very enteretaining
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and pure. While Simon vs. is not revolutionary, it is really sweet and cute. The kind of story I'd love to read in high school and I wish everyone would read now. The mystery about Blue will keep you hanging. and the characters are definitely attachable.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Let me just say, I was very nervous going into this story because of the hype surrounding it. But seeing everyone lose their minds over how good it is and the upcoming movie that's being filmed finally pushed me into checking it out. I'm SO happy I did because I love it so much! Simon has such a good narrative voice. I instantly connected with it and it is so effortless to get a feel of who Simon really is as a character. I don't know how Becky does it but Simon sounds perfectly like a teenager. He's witty and sassy and swears like a sailor, and I'm all about it. His relationships with his family, his friends, and Blue are so realistic, full of happiness, awkwardness, sadness, and everything in between. His process of figuring out who he is and the shitstorm surrounding his biggest secret is handled so well. There's a web of complexities around coming out and I love how Simon challenged them. The line about how everyone should have to come is fucking brilliant. One book by Becky Albertalli and I'm already a huge fan. I also can't freaking wait for this movie to come out so I can see all my little babies come to life!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BRILLIANT This book is everything I hoped it would be. Funny, relatable, and absolutely adorable. The relationship between Simon and Blue had me swooning and giggling and ahhh. DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable This book is absolutely adorable and I loved it sooo much. I just can't even describe how I feel about this book. It's light and happy and just so cute. Definitely recommend reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Such an adorable story! Too cute
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I read this book back in 2015 but never got my own copy. Now, with the new book by Becky coming out, I had to get both. Can't wait to re-read Simon as it was one of my most favourite reads of 2015. Definitely one of the best (cutest, warmest, etc) contemporary novels. Recommend it to anyone!! #plumreview (but I will gush about this book regardless)
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book to Date This has been my favourite book since I read it the first time the end of 2015. I've since read it several times, and it seems to get better for me every time.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I bought this a few months ago and only got around to reading it last week, but I really wish I had sooner because I couldn't put it down! The story line was great and you got to know a little more about Simon and Blue with every other chapter being in email format. I loved the characters as well, and got really attached to Simon, his sisters and his friends; I wish we could all be friends in real life. Overall, it was an amazing book filled with so much cuteness and I smiled so much all the way through. Everyone should read this!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was just wonderful. It was so honest and perfect. It was everything I didn't realize I needed to read until I did. The characters, the plot, and the voice were just amazing. You could really tell that Albertalli GETS IT. Because it didn't feel like an adult writing a YA novel, it felt as though there was some kid out there named Simon writing down the shit that was happening to him. I don't really know what to say. Everything about this one was just really great. It was nice that there was half the book left to deal with the consequences of the fallout because I think sometimes that gets skimmed over in YA novels. I also really liked that all the characters had their own stories and arcs. I also really liked that Simon acknowledges that while he knows a lot about the people in his life, he doesn't know everything because sometimes you just don't ask. And that doesn't mean you don't care, it is just sometimes you forget other people have problems outside your little world. I think I really liked the whole idea of how they met and I actually didn't mind the blackmailing to an extent. But I wasn't a fan of Martin. I mean, he was kind of a shitty person. And his apology was a non-apology. I liked that Simon was trying to figure out who it was and while he wanted to know, he was also nervous about knowing. I would like a bit of an epilogue of just how disgustingly in love they are. ALSO, I liked that there was a parallel between the two love stories in this one -- because there were two. I thought the relationships were so well developed and that everyone felt like a real person rather than just a stereotypical character. I think this just felt so real and it was the perfect blend of curse words and what teenagers say in reality. I just could go on and on about all the good things in this novel and probably never say a bad thing about it. There were a lot of great quotes about life and learning in this one and I just loved every second of reading it. It was perfect. This is one that will last guys and gals.
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful books! Immediately, from the very first page, I fell in love with Simon. He's smart, witty, a bit nerdy, but not without his insecurities. And the thing I really love about Simon is that he is not one of those self-loathing LGBT characters that we have seen far too often in the past. (I'm looking at you, Brokeback Mountain.) Simon doesn't wish he was straight. He isn't depressed or have suicidal thoughts. Instead he has crushes on guys (boys at his school and celebrities), navigates the changing dynamics in his group of friends, deals with annoying family problems, and, oh yeah, fantasizes about sex and masturbates. Yes, Simon does have to deal with coming out to his friends and family and he also has to deal with assholes harassing him at school. But it never once feels cliched or unrealistic. His family and friends are accepting of him when he comes out, even if it does create some awkward moments. And the bullies at school aren't malicious. They're just a few ignorant teenage boys who, for whatever reason, think gay sex is inherently funny. Simon deals with these issues the best way he knows how to and of course feels some anger and frustration along the way. Mostly, Simon just wants to be understood. And the only person he feels really gets him is the mysterious Blue. I love the relationship between Simon and Blue. Their emails are so funny and sweet and I love how they become more and more flirtatious as time goes by. But they have their misunderstandings sometimes too. Simon is frustrated that Blue isn't ready to meet him and it makes him insecure. He tries to figure out who Blue is and there are a couple of red herrings planted throughout the story but I will say that I had a pretty good guess who it was when I was about 2/3 of the way. The ending was so satisfying and I'm happy with the way things turned out. I recommend this book to YA fans looking for realistic portrayals of LGBT teens. Actually, I recommend this book to every reader. It's just such a cute, fun read and it has quite a few LOL moments. It is definitely one of my favorite books of 2015. On a side note, Becky Albertalli has announced on Goodreads that she is currently writing a companion novel and it is tentatively slated for release in Fall 2016! I can't wait!
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simon, Simon Simon!! Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of 2015’s must-read contemporary novel. With a sincere voice, funny dialogues and the most honest of thoughts, I easily gobbled up the story. It put a permanent smile on my face. The synopsis so accurately sums up this book. Simon is gay and so is Blue. Without knowing each other’s real identity, they exchange emails and got to know each other like no one else. Surely and slowly they fall in love. There are hesitations, doubts, insecurities and even some impulse actions but every bit was sweet and down-to-earth. Simon has a very healthy relationship with his family and friends. It’s one of the things I absolutely adore about this book. His parents may be all over the place but I see that as a show of how much they love their son. I was also very touched by how caring and understanding his sisters were. Simon had a group of diverse friends who were all very open-minded and saw him for who he is, not who he shouldn’t be. They protected him and stood up for him. Part of the thrill to this book was guessing Blue’s identity. Since I managed to pick up on the minor hints Ms. Albertalli dropped, it wasn’t hard for me to figure it out. It became pretty clear about half way through the book. Nonetheless, I had a great time seeing Blue transform from a shy online being into a passionate presence in Simon’s life. I’m kind of hoping for a spinoff. Ms. Albertalli meticulously gave all the characters a happy ending but there is one person I’d like to see more of, Leah. I hope my assumption is correct about her pairing. I’d like to see the growth and blossoming of that relationship. Can we please make this happen? All about diversity and relationships, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is simply one great contemporary title you do not want to miss out on. Smiley emojis for this book!
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little over-hyped. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda has been gaining a lot of hype recently in the book community. I remember reading the synopsis on Goodreads before the book had come out and I knew that it would be something that I would probably enjoy. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was everything that I expected it to be. It was cute and quirky and charming and it had all of the right ingredients to make a perfect young adult coming of age story. It was extremely fast paced and although that is something that I generally enjoy while reading a story, I feel as though there could have been a lot more detail added throughout this novel. Some moments moved a little too quickly while others felt a little out of place. But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again. I definitely fell in love with Simon and the way he was written. He had a very comedic voice and I found him to be quite relatable. I loved his inner voice and the quirkiness of it. I just wish that he were written with a little more detail and the same goes for his friends and family. The side characters just felt a little flat to me and I think that may be because there just wasn’t enough time spent writing them. Simon’s best friends Leah, Nick and Abby had their moments where they fit into the story and were written well, but then there were other instances where they just felt awkward and misplaced. I think the character of Martin added a bit of drama to the story and that his moments within the story were necessary and relevant to the plot, but I wish I knew more about what was making him tick. I’m sorry, but Simon’s parents felt very awkward to me. Obviously, I love the fact that they were loving, open minded parents but most of the moments that involved them felt very cheesy. His sisters, Alice and Nora were decent, and I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but once again, there just needed to be more detail into who they were as people and their role in Simon’s life. I loved the emails that were being written back and forth between Simon and his mystery crush, known only as “Blue”. I think that these moments were the best part of the novel. I loved the idea of the mystery behind Blue’s true identity and I loved the little hints that the two boys would pass back and forth between one another. Unfortunately, the mood was killed when we find out who Blue really is. Maybe it was just me, but I found the big reveal to be quite underwhelming and a little bit of a let down. Once again, the story started to move to quickly after the reveal and I feel like there could have just been something more that seemed to be missing. Like I said earlier, this story has all of the right ingredients to make for a perfect LGBTQ coming of age story, but the only thing missing was that perfect secret ingredient to tie everything together.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up to the hype, sadly If there's one word that describes how I felt with this book, it'd be "underwhelmed." I know that's partially because of the hype and constant love for this book that's spread all over social media, but I just... didn't feel it. At times, I was actually bored with it. It wasn't a bad book, but it's not one I think I'll reread in the future. The book had some great moments. I loved that Simon had a life outside of his sexuality. He had interests and extra-curricular activities and friends - omg, so many friends. At times, it reminded me of my high school circle - friends dating friends, drama within the cirlce, etc. It was real and authentic, as was the voice of this book. His family was quirky but cool. But then there was so much this book lacked. Did Simon even have feelings? There was no serious panic over the blackmail. There was no serious panic over the Tumblr post during Christmas break. There was no real emotion, and I NEED emotion in books. I need to feel something. There was no real plot, no major action. Even the conflict was lackluster. Everything wrapped up too neatly and easily. It was so unrealistic. I live in the deep south. People aren't this accepting. (Some, yes, but the majority, no) It just all fell so flat. We walked through day by day life with Simon, watched him obsess over a boy while he had no other real feelings, and then we had this super lackluster Blue reveal. Like I said, it wasn't a *bad* book at all. I actually finished it, which says more for it than 75% of the books I attempt to read. It held my attention (for the most part), but about 160 pages in, it just started to falter. In all honesty, it didn't even feel like an LGBT book to me. It was just too light and breezy. It wasn't heavy, even in moments that could've (and maybe even should've) been heavy. For me, it's a one time read. If you're looking to branch into LGBT books, you can start here. It's not uncomfortable, and it fits the typical YA romance quota. Other people seem to absolutely love it.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life THIS! I'm still smiling. This book is absolutely a feel good, makes you warm and fuzzy book. There is so much right about this book. My heart is literally bursting with joy and cuteness. Simon and Blue are absolutely adorable and real. I'm not gay, but it didn't mean what they talked about in their emails didn't resonate with my teenage self. Even my adult self. Everything is pure perfection and I will be pushing this book on every friend, family member and stranger I can. READ THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT TO FEEL SO MUCH HAPPINESS!
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I grew soo bored All the hype was surrounding this one..Everyone was loving it, and I wasn't too curious until Nikki from There Were Books Involved loved it. I immediately downloaded it from Edelweiss. All I knew about this one is that it's a male/male contemporary. Considering how much I loved One Man Guy, I knew I had to give it a shot. Got 80% into the book and I stopped.. Should have done it earlier though because there is no story.. It's an account of Simon's every day life which is pretty uneventful. His coming out was very supportive and sweet but I thought it was TOO perfect with his family and friends. Then there was the bullying.. The ONLY thing that has me wanting to pick this one up again is who the heck is Blue? <s>I had my theory and if it this person, if'd be pretty cliché.</s> It was this person, and even though it was, I'm also really glad. I always did have trouble reading every day life within books because nothing ever happens. The things I liked? I like that Simon knows Harry Potter and frequently talks about it. He proceeds to make many jokes about Harry Potter and some of the secondary characters didn't get it. How can you not know Harry Potter?! The progressive school which has a gender bender day where everyone dresses up as the opposite sex. I believe this was set somewhere in the southern United States where this is unheard of. I did like some of the email messages but afterwards, I grew bored of them and ended up not reading any of it. The two were so blunt and forward. This is how it's like to have two males in a relationship. No beating around the bush! Ultimately, the entire beginning and middle were uneventful and I finally picked up the rest just so I could find out who it was. It was too late though, I wasn't into the characters or their relationship. Maybe it was my mood? I'm still really sad I didn't like it..
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a fun, sweet, and intelligent story. There's a genuine scared and hopeful voice in Simon, one that resonates throughout the book. Simon's mind is racing as he struggles to solve the dilemmas that circle his head. Like who he wants to be. Like who he is vs who other people think he is. He's comfortable with his life, his world. Maybe not with the not-yet-openly gay part, but still comfortable. Good friends, a great family. A nice boy to e-mail about being gay and maybe one day telling people face-to-face. So why do things have to change? Why do people have to change? Identity is big. Who or what we see ourselves as. But why does it matter so much to other people? Why does it matter if someone's really smart, really artistic? Why does it matter if someone's gay or straight or bisexual? Why does it matter if someone's male or female, intersex or transgender or genderqueer? Why does it matter if someone's asexual or aromantic? Why do we focus on labeling people so much? It's not our business, it's never our business, so why do we make it our business? Because that person's different from us? Because some of us find a bizarre kind of validation in discovering someone who's different? In our current rather visual-based society, we focus so much on what makes us different. Hair colour, skin colour, height, weight. Level of education, political views. Gender. Sexuality. I'm not so sure that it's healthy. Change sucks. All of us are comfort creatures, grabbing tight to the things that make us feel happy and warm inside because we know they'll never betray us. But change still happens. It shows up when we don't want it to, when we've fallen into a good rhythm and suddenly this obnoxious trumpet shows up, ruining the band's groove so badly they're seconds away from an epic on-stage break up. Simon just wants to be Simon. Why do people need to ruin that and push him along? Because, as painful as it can be, sometimes we need the push. For as much as we hate change, we crave progress. We crave learning and experiencing new things. It's finding the perfect balance of the two that's so hard. In some ways, this is a coming out story. But it's so much more than that. It's about friendship and how it evolves as we learn about people more and more. It's about being honest with yourself and those who've continued to support you. It's about accepting yourself, loving yourself. It's about not being afraid to take risks because that head-over-heels tumble into love will make it all worth it. It's about looking beyond the 'default.' There is no 'default.' No one is the same. Everyone is different. Everyone needs to read this book.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun to read Simon Spier has been e-mailing with a boy named Blue for a while. He doesn’t know Blue’s true identity and Blue doesn’t know his, but that doesn’t matter. They talk about everything. Blue is the only person who knows Simon is gay. Until one day when the e-mails they’ve been exchanging find their way into someone else’s hands, class-clown Martin, who starts blackmailing Simon. Going into reading this book, I wasn’t sure what to think at first. I knew it was getting a lot of hype and the cover really intrigued me but the hype made me nervous. But I ended up really loving this book. It was funny, easy to read, the characters were amazing, and I loved the e-mail exchanges between Simon and Blue. It didn’t take long for me to love Simon. His voice was great and I loved seeing how he grew throughout the book. He was hilarious. There were so many times I was laughing, loudly, while reading(not a good idea to read this when people are sleeping). He was a well-rounded character, he didn’t fall into the cliche were his sexuality was the only thing ever mentioned about him. He was in the school play, he liked Harry Potter, he played Facebook scavenger hunt with his family, he loved Oreos. There were so many amazing characters in this book. Simon’s family, his parents and two sisters, were so much fun. Even when Simon acted annoyed at their antics, it was so easy to tell that they were a close, loving family. His two best friends, Nick and Leah, and newer friend Abby, were all very different from each other. They were close but they would fight, like friends do, and things would be awkward or uncomfortable, but they had each other’s backs. Also, Simon’s drama teacher was amazing. By the end, I really wanted to applaud her. Blue, though he was mostly present only through the e-mails, he was such a huge part of the book and Simon’s life. The e-mails were a great way to the reader to get to know Blue, to understand why Simon was falling for him, without having to reveal who he was before the climax. Those e-mails, I loved those e-mails. They were an important part of the story. Sometimes they were lighthearted, sometimes they were flirty, sometimes they were full of angst and drama. But they all pushed the relationship between Simon and Blue forward. In the end, I did want to know who Blue was, but I knew I would be fine with whoever he turned out to be because Simon was already in love with him. The e-mails did their job of making me want them together even without knowing Blue’s identity. It was impossible to keep a smile off my face while reading and I have no doubt a smile will appear whenever I think of Simon. It was that kind of book and he was that kind of character. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-04-01

Editorial Reviews

“Becky Albertalli has written the best kind of love story: the kind in which you fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other.”